Ranchi, April 9: Around 100 villagers lynched two youths and burnt their bodies after branding them criminals late on Tuesday night at Bongera, in Jaldega police station area of Simdega, a crime the police came to know on Wednesday morning through their informer network.
Prodded by the police, villagers identified the victims as Ranjeet Pradhan (30) of Lamdega and Sukhlal Binjhia (35) of Nagpuria Toli, both in Jaldega area of the district.
Villagers alleged they were driven to this extreme step as the duo has unleashed a reign of terror in two months.
Quoting villagers, district superintendent of police Asim Vikrant Minz said the youths allegedly used to harass people for the past two months, snatching money, cellphones and other valuables at will.
Villagers alleged the youths had threatened everyone with dire consequences in the event any person registered an FIR against them.
A Simdega resident with ties to Bongera village said the lynch-and-burn occurred as people found the presence of the youths unbearable. “It was tough to survive,” he said.
Asked for the duo’s criminal record, Minz said so far it could not be found in any Simdega thana. “But, three firearms and four rounds of ammunition recovered from the spot (of attack) give some indications,” he said.
Minz added they had informed the duo’s family members. “We are waiting for them to come and register a case,” he said.